Jacobs paces Badgers in win over Warriors


BERKSHIRE—Sophomore Jack Jacobs made the most of his first varsity start as he led Berkshire to an 8-1 win over visiting Edgewood on Tuesday in the second of a two-game series against the Warriors.

Jacobs picked up the pitching victory after allowing just one run on four hits and he struck out two in six innings of work. He also went 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and a triple, two runs scored and he knocked in two runs.

“I was very pleased,” said Berkshire coach Nick Burzanko. “Jack came out for his first time on the mound in a varsity game as a sophomore and got ahead of hitters. He worked ahead and let his defense work behind him. Offensively, we were aggressive again in the batter’s box and we jumped out to an early lead. We swung the sticks well and advanced on the base paths. It was an overall complete game by everybody.”

The Badgers, who improved to 2-0, scored runs in bunches.

They plated three runs in the bottom of the first and added five more in the third.

“It’s always good to have big innings like that,” Burzanko said. “I’d like to see more consistency, whether we get one or two runs in those innings where we scored zero, but big innings are kind of demoralizing to opposing pitchers and defenses so it’s great to have those big innings. It allows you to relax a little bit, too, and play free.”

Blake Jenkins singled to lead off the first-inning rally. Jenkins then stole second and scored on the Jacobs’ double. Jake Brown then singled to make it 2-0 and he stole his way to third and scored on J.T. Bergmeier’s single.

Evan McDermott, who hit a grand slam in Monday’s season opener, led off the fifth with a single. Garrett Bosse singled and then both runners scored on Chris Groudle’s triple to right-center. Max Janssen reached on an error, which allowed Groudle to score and then Jacobs tripled and scored on Brown’s third single of the game.

Brown finished the game 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI and Jacobs and Brian Brent both finished with two hits. Groudle was 1-for-2 with two RBI.

McDermott, Brown, and Brent pounded the ball in both of Berkshire’s two wins this week.

“They’re very key, especially Jake Brown, Burzanko said. “He’s probably our best complete hitter in the box. He can hit the ball to all fields. Evan McDermott is an aggressive kid. He’s going to go out and hunt a fastball and he’s not going to fall short on a swing. He’s going to get everything into it. Brian Brent has been doing a great job. He’s not your typical four-hole hitter, he’s a tiny little guy but he’s got a lot of pop behind his bat and he moves the baseball really well and plays a solid third base for us. Those guys are really starting the year off hot and hopefully it continues. We’ve got some other guys that can hit the ball as well and when they get going, watch out.”

Blake Jenkins pitched the seventh inning for the Badgers and retired all three Edgewood hitters he faced.

Ethan Detrick, Jacob Bell, Aiden Hernandez, and Zack Vencill all had hits for Edgewood.